When we move from Sunday to Sunday and from message to message we can often lose sight of the big picture of what God is teaching us through the letter as a whole. So here is an attempt to take a step back and remind you of the big picture. Hopefully this will help you to hold the individual Sunday messages together in your minds and apply them in your hearts.
Fighting for Joy in Philippians
At the heart of Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a plea to fight for Joy in our Christian lives regardless of the circumstances. Rejoicing in Christ together is the key to survival as Christians. If we lose our joy then we will not last. Here is a reminder of the some of the exhortations we have seen so far:
- Rejoice over one another because your partnership in the gospel.
- Rejoice when your faith is under pressure because the gospel is advanced through our trials.
- Rejoice because your unity and courage in the face of opposition is a sign of your salvation.
- Rejoice in Christ-like humility and obedience; even if it leads to death.
- Rejoice in the Christ-like examples of godly men and women in the church.
Walking by Faith in Genesis
The account Abraham’s life in Genesis is an account of a man given an extraordinary promise and called to believe God against the odds. As Christians we are also called, like Abraham, to walk in the certainty of things hoped for and for things unseen. Here are some of the lessons we have learned from Abraham about what it means to live by faith in God’s promise.
- Walking by faith is an adventure of trust and obedience.
- Walking by faith will mean that our faith will be put under pressure.
- Walking by faith means trusting in God and giving him the glory for his protection.
- Walking by faith means resting in the assurance he has provided through his promise and his oath.
- Walking by faith means that we trust that God will always do what is right even if it is hard to understand.
Bear Fruit For God
My prayer is that God’s Word would continue to shape and mould us into the image of Jesus Christ and that these simple summaries will be helpful to that end.